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A Victorian Silk Mill Christmas

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill, 28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7AL
Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December
From 10.30am to 4pm

Experience Whitchurch Silk Mill decorated for Christmas. On the banks of the River Test, our living museum in beautiful rural Hampshire is a real-life time capsule. It is in part a living museum, part Regency water mill and a contemporary silk weaver too.  Each of the Mill’s floors will be decorated to recreate the scenes from the Mill’s past between 1815 and 2023, as if the Weavers had just left moments before.

The Mill will get a seasonal makeover for Christmas with a recreation of Weaver’s Cottage with a table laid with gingerbread figures and a figgy pudding mix where visitors can make a wish. On the top floor, the mill manager has provided a lavish feast for his weavers.

During your visit, you will be entertained by a variety of local community groups:

Saturday 2 Dec

  • Singing for Fun – Whitchurch Community Choir will be singing at 10.30am and at 11.15am.
  • The Newton and Burghclere Hand Bell Ringers will be here delighting us with their hand bell ringing between 2 – 3 pm.
  • A local juggler will be entertaining our visitors on Saturday.

Sunday 3 Dec

  • Between 10.45 am and 2 pm, you can hear the delightful sounds from a local harpist.
  • Barfield Hand bell Ringers will be playing at intervals between 11.30 a.m.- 1 pm.

Outside, you can treat yourselves to a warming mulled wine, a cup of Hot Chocolate and mince pies, provided with the wonderful help and support of Basingstoke Deane Rotary.

Children visiting can enjoy crafts and colouring activities such as make a Victorian style Christmas card, colouring sheets and a trail sheet to find the Victorian Christmas pictures around the mill and in our grounds. Have fun and help us raise funds for Living Weaving Heritage with our Tombola and games too.

Our Riverside Café and gift shop will also be open during this event.

The Mill will also see the Whitchurch Play town returning on Sat, 2 December, which is included in your entry tickets.

The event will be open from 10.30 am – 4 pm on Sat 2 & Sun 3 December.

Please pre-book your tickets.  Tickets for this event are £3 per person aged 3 yrs+. Children under 3 yrs are free.

Annual passes cannot be used for entry to this event.

In aid of Living Weaving Heritage at the Mill. Whitchurch Silk Mill Trust – Registered Charity number 900621.

FREE car parking in the Winchester Street and Bell Street public car parks.